Is it possible to visit the garden of the Celestials and discover the photos of the chinese laborers from july to august. 

During the First World War, Vignacourt was an important rear base for allied soldiers. 

Louis and Antoinette Thuillier, inhabitants of the town, owned a plate camera. 

Civilians and soldiers parade in front of their objective in order to be photographed. 

In 2011, this photographic treasure was found in the attic of the Thuillier's farm, 4000 plates. Of which no less than 200 photos relate to chinese labourers. 

From 1916, France and Great Britain called on Chinese labourers to overcome for the lack of labour. 

Nearly 140 000 Celestials leave China to reach Europe. Thanks to their camera, Louis and Antoinette immortalize their visit to Vignaourt. 

In 2019 we paid tribute to them through an exhibition "The Forgotten of the Great War". 

Today it is the painter Wen Wenwu who pays homage to them with the portraits of soldiers and Chinese labourers from the Thuillier collection. 

After two long years of helth crisis, Vignacourt 14-18 is happy to see you back. 

Throughout the year, we are used to offering exhibitions around the collection. 

We want to diversify and address various areas of the history of our town. 


The exhibition "In memory of Maurice, René, Louis and Emile" talks about another war.  The second World War marked our commune. We wanted to tell the story of 4 men with a tragic destiny. They were fathers, sons, husbands, friends. 


Never forget. 

ANZAC 2022 program in Vignacourt : 

- Tuesday to Sunday = exhibitions at the Vignacourt interpretation center 

- Wednesday, thursday, friday = poppy-themed workshops

- Saturday = Anzac Parade

Sunday = Anzac run 

In the exhibition " the vehicles of the Great War", we present the photos of the vehicles taken by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier (Trucks, motorcycles, cars...) accompanied by our research on the mechanization of army during the First World War. 

Since its opening, Vignacourt 14-18 has been conducting research on the Thuillier collection. Our desire to identify the soldiers and civilians on the photos continues unabated. It is about our ancestors, and our common heritage. 



Mélissa Dubas

The Vignacourt 14-18 interpretation center is delighted to welcome Mélissa Dubas.



The forgotten of the Great War

from June 29 to August 31, 2019






From 1916 France and England appeal to Chinese workers.

To overcome the lack of manpower.

Louis and Antoinette will immortalize them with their camera.

No less than 200 photographs from the collection bear witness to the presence of these labourers in the village.

Exhibition of the month

Program for the teaching room

European Heritage Days



The Visitor Pass gives you a discount price in Naours and Vignacourt.
The Visitor Pass gives you a discount price in Naours and Vignacourt.

The Vignacourt 14-18 Interpretive Centre is in partnership with the Underground City of Naours.

Graffitis of soldiers from the First World War are engraved on the walls of the Naours caves. Through this wonderful discovery, we have identified one soldier from the Thuillier collection, who left the trace of its passage in Naours. It is no doubt that other soldiers will be identified. The research work continues ...


During your visit, ask for the Visitor Pass !

Graffiti discovered in the Underground City of Naours (photo : Gilles Prilaux, archaeologist SommePatrimoine)
Graffiti discovered in the Underground City of Naours (photo : Gilles Prilaux, archaeologist SommePatrimoine)

During your visit you can have a look to the biography of the soldier Allsop. Do not hesitate to ask to Lydie and Valérie.

© Thuillier Collection - soldier Wilfred Joseph Allan Allsop
© Thuillier Collection - soldier Wilfred Joseph Allan Allsop

Official Opening on the 3rd July 2018

The Hon.Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans' Affairs
The Hon.Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans' Affairs





The Official Opening of the Vignacourt 14-18 Interpretive Centre took place on the 3rd of July 2018 in the presence of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Hon. Darren Chester, the Prefects cabinet director Mr Cyril Moreau, the Departmental  Board President Mr Laurent Somon , the Community of communes Nièvre & Somme President Mr René Lognon and Mr Stéphane Ducrotoy Mayor of Vignacourt.

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